Are you excited yet? I know I am! Now let's start digging into what you need to purchase and know to start a hive (or 2). Morrell recommends starting with 2 hives so you have them for comparison and also have one as a back-up in case one hive does not make it through the winter (you can always split the surviving hive in the spring, more on that later!).
Anatomy of a Hive
Best to buy from someone you trust that you know is free from diseases.
Old boxes are typically alright but use new frames.
If you are concerned about diseases, scrub with bleach water and take a blow torch to the inside.
Placement of the Hive